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Royal Mayhem and Murder

by David McNicoll

David is a longtime Brainery teacher and author of The Language of Whisky 

At two o’ clock in the morning, on the 10th of February 1567, Edinburgh was shaken by an enormous explosion in the district close to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The building, the Kirk o’ Field, was reduced to rubble, while in the adjacent orchard garden two dead men were found, half naked and murdered. It was a sensation that led to...

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Bookbinding from Home Materials List

Week 1 Pamphlet 
  • Paper (thinner papers like copy paper or lined paper work well) 
  • Cardstock (or old folders, construction paper, cereal boxes ) 
  • Scissors
  • A needle 
  • Thread (bookbinding thread or embroidery floss or dental floss) 
  • Something to poke holes (an awl, a nail, a safety pin, a pen or pencil) 
  • Pencil 
  • Collage materials (magazines, paper, paint) 
  • Bone...

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A Stroll down Beer Street and Gin Lane

Guest Blog post by:

David McNicoll
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The city was going to hell in a handcart. So was the received wisdom of the great and good, the movers and shakers of mid-eighteenth-century London, and to their canting moralizing minds the reason was that age-old scapegoat, Gin.

The historical relationship that gin has had with consumers, authority and the public of large is so complex and neurotic...

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